May 6: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, May 6, 1840, the world's first adhesive postage stamp in a public postal system was used?

May 6th is officially No Diet Day and Beverage Day.

Welcome to day 126 of 365! We’re still 239 days away from celebrating the new year, but we’ve gotta look forward to something right?

Is today your birthday? Be sure to find out all the historical events that happened on this day, including events related to war, literature, music, celebrities and so much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1840, the world’s first adhesive postage stamp in a public postal system was used? It was named the Penny Black used in the United Kingdom.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 6th in history!

What Events Happened On May 6 In History?

2019 The UN reported that one million plant and animal species were at risk of extinction.

The rate at which plant and animal life are declining is at a level never before seen in human history, and we're almost entirely to blame. The UN claims that it's not too late to change this, but action needs to be taken at every level of society to make enough of a difference.

2004 The final episode of “Friends” aired.

OTD in 2004: The final episode of "Friends" aired.

The 10th season of "Friends" was it's last. The final episode, "The One Where They Say Goodbye," had 52.5 million viewers. It was the 5th most-watched TV finale in the history of the US and the most-watched episode of any TV series in the 2000s.

2002 Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, more commonly known as SpaceX, was founded by Elon Musk.

1997 Both Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

1994 Bobcat Goldthwait was charged with two misdemeanors after setting a chair on fire during his appearance on “The Tonight Show.”

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1960 United States President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.

OTD in 1960: United States President Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.

This Act incurred punishment for anyone who tried to stop anyone else's attempt to register to vote. It was written in order to handle the discriminatory laws and practices in the South, especially to protect African-American and Mexican voters.

1954 British man, Roger Bannister, became the first athlete to run one mile in less than four minutes.

1941 Bob Hope performed his first United Service Organization show at California’s March Field for service members and their families.


1937 The Hindenburg zeppelin caught fire and was destroyed while attempting to dock in New Jersey.

OTD in 1936: The Hindenburg disaster occurred.

To this day, we still don't know exactly how the zeppelin caught fire, although there are many hypotheses. The catastrophe was highly publicized, which abruptly halted the airship industry.

1840 The world’s first adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, was used in a public postal system in the United Kingdom.

OTD in 1840: The world's first adhesive postage stamp

1835 The first issue of the New York Herald was published by James Gordon Bennett, costing 1 cent per issue.

1682 King Louis XIV made Versailles the de-facto capital of France when he moved his courts to the Versailles Palace.

While Paris remained the official capital, the relocation of the king's government essentially made Versailles the heart of France until 1789. During these hundred or so years, Versailles was constantly improved upon by the monarchy.

1527 The Sack of Rome occurred.

14,000 German troops and 6,000 Spanish troops attacked Rome in a manner resembling the barbarian pillages about 1,000 years prior. There were only 5,000 militiamen protecting the city. The Sack of Rome is regarded as the end of the Italian High Renaissance.

Famous Quotes Said On May 6

Memorable quotes are being said or written every day. Here we have the most notable quote ever said on this day.


“Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

– Thomas Edison

Famous People Born On May 6

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with George Clooney. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1961 George Clooney

American Actor

George Clooney
61 years old
Born In:
Kentucky, USA

1955 Tom Bergeron

American TV Personality

Tom Bergeron
67 years old
Born In:
Massachusetts, USA

1856 Sigmund Freud

Austrian Neurologist

Sigmund Freud
Died On:
Sep 23, 1939 (Age 83)
Born In:
Freiberg, Austria

1953 Tony Blair

British Politician

Tony Blair
69 years old
Born In:
Scotland, UK

Special Holidays On May 6

Are you looking for something to do today? Well, here’s a few special days that might just give you some ideas.

May 6: International No Diet Day

International No Diet Day

Many of us are seemingly dieting all year round, but what if there was just one day you could eat what you like and not feel guilty about it? Your wish is our command as today is No Diet Day. We don’t need to tell you how to enjoy this one!

May 6: National Beverage Day

National Beverage Day

The beautiful thing about beverages is there’s something for everyone! Whether you like hot drinks or cold beverages, celebrate Beverage Day today by drinking your favorite beverage. So sit back today, take a sip and relax!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

When George Washington died, Napoleon Bonaparte of France gave a personal eulogy and ordered a ten-day mourning period for France.

May 6 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on May 6th, your zodiac sign is Taurus.

Taureans like to be in control, which makes them patient, logical, and well-grounded. They’re big thinkers and will often reflect deeply on many things in life. Taurus is an earth sign represented by the bull. Much like bulls, Taureans are known for their loyalty.

For those of you born in May, you have the Emerald birthstone. The emerald is associated with fertility, love, and rebirth and provides wisdom, growth, and patience.

People born on this day were likely conceived the previous year on August 13th.

A baby conceived on May 6th, 2023, will likely be due next year around January 27th.

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